Thou Shalt Not Covet – Really?

September 3, 2008

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Today while I was driving home for work and I noticed a new church sign put up on the road side in front of a country church.   The sign was one of those, change it weekly, amaze your worshippers, and make drivers think type of signs.   This week it only said “Remember, Thou Shalt Not Covet”.  Now to preface this I consider myself a liberal christian who doesn’t believe in organized religion.   I’d go more into that, but that’s a discussion for another day.   You may consider me a heathen, but I don’t consider myself one. 

Thinking about the sign though just shows my how hipocritical we are when it comes to religion.   We consider ourselves a christian nation but don’t follow it.   I think the religion needs to be seperated from the government down to removing in god we trust from the money.   More fitting for the American economy is “In Money We Trust”.   If we didn’t covet things we wouldn’t be in the housing crisis we are now.   Gas prices would not be rising.   You wouldn’t worry about sending your kid to a better private school then your neighbors do.   

Coveting advances civilization. 

I said it.  Coveting does advance civilization.   If we didn’t see things and want something better we would still be living in caves and eating random plants that hopefully grew outside.   We wouldn’t see an animal and try to kill it.  We wouldn’t build a house.  We wouldn’t drive cars.  We want these things, we covet them.   You can deny you covet things all you want, but with very small percentage of people you covet something.   I do. 

Which brings out the fact of a church having this on the sign.  A church really really wishes to grow (part of the reason I think religion is personal and shoudn’t be a group effort).   They want to grow so much they now advertise for members.   If this isn’t coveting I don’t know what is.   Because of this a church having a sign that as advertisement designed to entice people into the church stating – though shalt not covet – it’s in the extreme of hypocriticalness.  Maybe churches aren’t the sin free places some people think they are.

6 thoughts on “Thou Shalt Not Covet – Really?

  1. Who said churches were sin free …Christ said the healed do not have need of a hospital, this translate into Church(Hospital), A church is a place for people to go and get some healing some people get healing others don't thismcreates the chaos that is in the church today ,but thats the soul reason for the church to save lost souls if you are not lost then you have no real need for the church…Coveting is desiring something so bad that you are willing to take it, mot people have desires and that is totally fine nothing is wrong with a desire to drive a nice car, or a desire to want your child to have the best education possible, but when you add malicious volence, hate, wrath and strife to that desire it then becomes coveting sort of like the USA and Iraq Oil……..Why take something that don't belongs to you Now that is coveting…….A desire to have and coveting are two very different things.. THis blog was very interesting and well written……I hope my comment helps.

  2. Sorry I took so long to reply,

    There are quite a few people that believe church's are sin free due to them being the house of god. I do like the lost souls part.

    Covet as described by webster's – http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/covet

    –verb (used with object)
    1. to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others: to covet another's property.
    2. to wish for, esp. eagerly: He won the prize they all coveted.

    We are both right – you for No. 1, myself for No. 2 – but adding in violence and hate you are going against other commandments in and of themselves.

    I'm not taking the high road by any means – just showing you my thought process – and thank you for the compliment.

  3. If you are a writer, you should learn to proofread and copyedit your work,
    e. g., “seperated,” “hipocritical,” “could care less,” and I was only a third of the way through your piece. Just some friendly advice.

  4. Yes and no – I do two types of writing – stream of thought and things I care
    about. Most of my blog is stream of thought – the reason I do write this
    way normally is that I can get my ideas out, even though they are not the
    best edited. Because of that I don't really care, but thank you for putting
    it out there.

    Yes seperated should be spelled separated. Hipocritical should be spelled
    hypocritical. However, “could care less” is proper. Yes the old term is
    “I could not care less”, the pun in my description is that sometimes I do
    care too much about the things that are unimportant to me, and for that I
    could care less. You are the only the second person to notice and comment
    on that though.

  5. If you are a writer, you should learn to proofread and copyedit your work,
    e. g., “seperated,” “hipocritical,” “could care less,” and I was only a third of the way through your piece. Just some friendly advice.

  6. Yes and no – I do two types of writing – stream of thought and things I care
    about. Most of my blog is stream of thought – the reason I do write this
    way normally is that I can get my ideas out, even though they are not the
    best edited. Because of that I don't really care, but thank you for putting
    it out there.

    Yes seperated should be spelled separated. Hipocritical should be spelled
    hypocritical. However, “could care less” is proper. Yes the old term is
    “I could not care less”, the pun in my description is that sometimes I do
    care too much about the things that are unimportant to me, and for that I
    could care less. You are the only the second person to notice and comment
    on that though.

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